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Last Minute Labor Day Road Trip Ideas from AAA Travel Planners

Stay safe with preparation and outdoor locales

BELLEVUE, Wash. (September 1, 2020) – With a Labor Day weekend forecast full of sunshine, warm temperatures and dry skies, AAA Washington has some final-days-of-summer road trip ideas. AAA has seen near normal requests for emergency road service, so we know that Washingtonians are getting out and about to battle the doldrums of COVID-19 self/family-isolation. A bit of preparation and carefully chosen locations can help ensure a physically distanced and fun adventure.

Before hitting the road, AAA recommends making sure your vehicle can handle the trip. In addition to performing needed maintenance, ask a reputable auto repair shop or mechanic to inspect major components like tires, batteries, hoses, valves and fluid levels.

AAA Washington’s most recent data reveals many drivers may be skipping this step, as Emergency Roadside Service calls nearly reach normal, pre-COVID-19 levels for July and August. 

Our top five rescue requests are:

  • Tows (51%)
  • Battery Service (24%)
  • Lockouts (13%)
  • Tires (9%)
  • Locksmith (2%)

Last Minute Destinations

Because this year is like no other, be sure to pack the car with a cooler full of snacks, food and beverages so you can stop anywhere for a needed snack or meal. You may need to use public restrooms if you’re on a long road trip, so be sure pack hand sanitizer, disinfectant wipes and face masks for all family members.

When choosing a last-minute road trip destination, AAA suggests exploring some of Washington and Idaho’s outdoor wonders, both natural and manmade. Plenty of time remains to head to some of the Pacific Northwest’s best waterfalls or visit an outdoor art display. In addition to soaking up rays that could soon disappear, the CDC says sticking to outside activities lowers the risk of contracting COVID-19, due to the increased ventilation and opportunities to maintain social distancing.

Waterfall Wonders:

  • Sol Duc Falls & Marymere Falls – Olympic Peninsula
  • Snoqualmie Falls, Franklin Falls & Myrtle Falls – Cascade Mountains
  • Palouse Falls, Ancient Lakes & Dry Falls – Eastern Washington
  • Post Falls & Kootenai Falls – North Idaho
  • More…

Photo Worthy Outdoor Art Displays:

  • Webster’s Woods Sculpture Park – Port Angeles
  • San Juan Islands Sculpture Park – Roche Harbor
  • Big Rock Garden Park – Bellingham
  • Art on the Avenues – Wenatchee
  • Mural Trail Walking Tour – Vancouver
  • Spokane’s Sculpture Walk
  • More…

Don’t have a car? Drive GIG Car Share in Seattle

Don’t have a car, or finding out your car is not road trip-ready no longer signals the end of travel plans. AAA’s GIG Car Share service can get you there. GIG’s car share model gives Seattle residents the flexibility to pick up and drop off in different locations, making it easy to find a nearby car, get in and go, without an application or sign up fee. Download the GIG app for access to the 250 cars, all equipped with bike racks and Discover Passes. Gas, insurance parking in the recently expanded HomeZone, roadside assistance and 24/7 support are built into Gig’s all-inclusive pricing. Become a GIG member today using the promo code SUMMER08 for your first free hour of driving. AAA members who join GIG save an additional 10% on every trip.

About AAA Washington:

AAA Washington was established in 1904 by 10 prominent Seattleites determined to champion the betterment of motoring conditions and laws, the preservation of Washington state’s natural beauty and the promotion of Washington as an unrivaled tourist destination. Nearly 120 years later, the club continues to pursue these on behalf of its 1.2 million members. 

Members of AAA Washington receive exclusive benefits, including roadside assistance, discounts on hotels and rental cars, comprehensive insurance options, and personalized trip planning. AAA Washington was named a Best Place to Work by Puget Sound Business Journal and voted the best Travel/Tourism Company by 425 Business readers in 2023, and AAA was named one of the most trusted travel and automotive brands in the U.S. Additional information is available through the company’s Washington and northern Idaho stores and at 

About AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety:

Established in 1947 by AAA, the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety is a nonprofit, publicly funded, 501(c)(3) charitable research and educational organization. The AAA Foundation’s mission is to prevent traffic deaths and injuries by conducting research into their causes and by educating the public about strategies to prevent crashes and reduce injuries when they do occur. This research is used to develop educational materials for drivers, pedestrians, bicyclists and other road users. Visit

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Interested in planning your next road trip with AAA Washington? Call your travel agent directly or your nearest AAA store to get pro tips, TripTik maps, and more. Find more Pacific Northwest scenic drives and road trips.

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